Evidence based practice

Need help finding or using the evidence? Ask your local NHS Librarian – use the Health Library and Information Services Directory to find your nearest NHS library.

Dont forget – Evidence is not just for the clinicians. Cochrane has developed a free online training programme designed for patients, care givers, family members, policy makers, and members of the healthcare team.  Cochrane Evidence Essentials,  is an easy-to-follow introduction to Evidence Based Medicine, clinical trials, and Cochrane evidence. 

Look on the eLearning for Health platform for resources around

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at the University of Oxford runs a range of courses including an introduction to EBM. Their website also includes a range of useful EBM talks and resources.

BMJ Best Practice is a clinical decision support tool, giving quick and easy access to authoritative information to underpin diagnosis and treatment decisions. Updated daily, it is fully accredited by the RCGP, drawing on the latest evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. BMJ Best Practice is available for free to the whole of the NHS workforce in England using their NHS OpenAthens ID.

BMJ Learning – Pertinent elearning modules include Evidence based medicine, Understanding statistics and Healthcare change management change plus a series from NICE on aspects of putting Guidance into practice.

How to read a paper – A series of BMJ articles from Prof. Trisha Greenhalgh

Intelligence Handbook from NHS IQ will guide you through the process of finding, filtering and understanding intelligence from secondary sources, including links to the key resources.

Pubmed Online Training  – something for both new and experienced users of PubMed®, the National Library of Medicine journal literature search system.

Understanding Health Research
Created by Population Health Sciences Research Network, this tool is designed to help people understand and review published health research by guiding them through a series of questions to ask about specific types of health research. The website includes links to sites which publish critical appraisals of research, critical appraisal tools and reporting guidelines.

The CPD Zone is brought to you by the GP schools of Health Education England working across Thames Valley and Wessex, in association with Oxford Health FT Library.​

Page last reviewed: 27 November, 2020